HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF 7TH WEEK OF EASTER.
THEME: Father, it is time for you to glorify me.
BY: FR. DEOTATIOUS CHIKONTWE SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Good morning dear friends in Christ, today we celebrate the Tuesday of the 7th Week of the Easter Period, liturgical calendar Year A.
*ABOUT OUR FIRST READING*
In this morning’s first reading Paul expresses his concern that by the time he has finished his race he will have carried out the mission the Lord Jesus gave him. By the time that most of us reach the end of our lives some of the work God may have given us to do is likely to have remained undone. Yet, we can certainly pray that God would help us to remain faithful to the doing of that work for the duration of our earthly lives, and, after our earthly lives, that we would glorify us as he glorified his Son.
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*ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING*
This morning’s gospel reading is the beginning of the great prayer of Jesus that we find in John’s gospel. We will be reading from that prayer for the next couple of days. Jesus begins his prayer by praying for himself, ‘Father… glorify your Son’. As he prays to be glorified Jesus is aware that the path to glory is through the cross. There is a lifting up on the cross that is prior to the lifting up in glory. Jesus is ready to return to the Father from whom he came because, as he says in that prayer, ‘I have finished the work that you gave me to do’.
We all have some work to do while we are on this earth; we have all been given some sharing in the Lord’s own life-giving work. Hopefully there will come a day when, like Jesus, we can turn to God in prayer and say, ‘I have finished the work you gave me to do. Now, take me to yourself in glory’. In the meantime, we try to be faithful to the Lord’s work, to the mission that the Lord has given each of us, the mission to make the Lord known to others by the way we live. In the carrying out of that mission we are not left to our own devices. The Lord works with us and is praying for us. The Lord prayed for his disciples, who are to be his witnesses in the world. That includes you and me. The Lord lives forever to intercede for all us, so that we may be faithful to the work he gives us. When we find it a struggle to pray for ourselves, we can be sure that the Lord is praying for us.
Your Word is indeed my Strength Oh Lord our God. May You All Have a Blessed Tuesday.
Rev Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
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